The two suspects in a Janesville stabbing homicide are being held in Missouri on $50,000 bonds pending extradition to Wisconsin.
Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary said it’s likely he will issue warrants Wednesday to begin the extradition process.
Julian D. Collazo, 21, and Nicole R. Kazar, 23, could waive extradition proceedings. If they did, they could be back in Rock County in a matter of days, officials said.
The process could be longer if they request extradition hearings.
Janesville police continued Tuesday to investigate the death of Christine H. Scaccia-Lubeck, 43, who lived alone at 426 S. River St. Her body was discovered in her home at 4:44 p.m. Saturday.
Police believe the stabbing happened many hours earlier. It appears the victim’s missing car was taken before Friday night’s light snowfall, they said.
The Chevrolet Trax was equipped with the OnStar motorist-assist service, which uses GPS technology and can track subscriber vehicles.
Police contacted OnStar, which located the car and notified police in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, said Lt. Terry Sheridan of the Janesville Police Department.
Cape Girardeau police took the pair into custody shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at a gas station along Interstate 55, about 440 miles south of Janesville.
Sgt. Rick Schmidt of the Cape Girardeau police said the OnStar information is not pinpoint-accurate, but it was more than enough to locate the car.
Two officers approached the Trax at the gas station, which had towels hanging over the driver’s-side window, according to a probable-cause statement filed in Cape Girardeau County Court.
Schmidt said the officers likely approached with guns drawn because they knew of the Janesville murder investigation linked to the stolen car.
One officer approached the passenger side, saw Collazo in the passenger seat and Kazar driving, according to the statement.
“I commanded them to reveal their hands,” according to the statement, which quotes the officer.
“Kazar immediately placed the keys in the ignition and started the engine. I commanded them once again to shut the vehicle down and reveal their hands. Kazar then removed the keys, and both occupants placed their hands up.”
Schmidt said the arrest was made without incident.
The pair were taken to the police station, where police read them their rights. Kazar told them Collazo had stolen the vehicle in Wisconsin and picked her up later, the statement reads.
Janesville police have indicated a likely charge against Kazar will be aiding and abetting a felon, while Collazo is likely to be charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
Sheridan said Tuesday detectives had not yet discovered a motive for the crime but were working on theories.
Janesville detectives on Monday searched the car in Cape Girardeau and found bloody clothes and a knife. The knife appeared to be clean, but it will be tested, even though detectives doubt it was the weapon used in the homicide, Sheridan said.
“We think there are other knives missing from the house that actually could have been used,” Sheridan said.
Detectives also are searching two phones that appear to be Collazo’s, Sheridan said.
Collazo and Kazar were both held on Missouri charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a felony.
In court Monday in Jackson, Missouri, Kazar and Collazo were declared indigent, so a public defender will represent them, online court documents indicate. Preliminary hearings for each were set for Jan. 3, but it was not immediately clear if they will first be extradited to face the Wisconsin charges.